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Why the Blackhawks burned Lukas Reichel’s first NHL contract season now – The Athletic

Kyle Davidson worries less about the Blackhawks’ present and more about the future.

Ever since Davidson was named permanent general manager of the franchise, he’s been fully committed to rebuilding. Above all, that means preparing the Blackhawks for future success. With every decision he asks himself, “How does this get us closer to becoming a Stanley Cup contender?” Davidson’s goal is to put the Blackhawks in the best position with their roster, salary cap, and prospects to go on later consistently making big profits this decade.

You can imagine that all of his decisions fall somewhere on a scale. Some, like what he plans to do next season with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, are significant and will likely have a major impact on Reconstruction’s future. Some are less important, like Reese Johnson’s commitment to a two-year contract extension capped at $800,000 — a low-risk, low-cost move.

Somewhere in the middle of that scale is Davidson’s decision on what to do with 19-year-old forward Lukas Reichel this season. Davidson could have played Reichel in either nine or fewer NHL games, which would push Reichel’s entry-level contract back a season, or Davidson could have played him 10 or more games, which would see his contract begin that season.

Davidson has been asked about it multiple times in recent months.

https://theathletic.com/3253211/2022/04/16/lukas-reichel-contract-blackhawks/?source=rss Why the Blackhawks burned Lukas Reichel’s first NHL contract season now – The Athletic

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